Third Party Review: 2010 Left Bend Syrah

Review by Solosyrah Left Bend Winery is the project of winemaker Gary Robinson and his friend Richard Hanke. At the moment, it’s an extremely low production winery. The Santa Cruz Syrah I tasted from the 2010 vintage was just recently released. It’s a very impressive wine. I was concerned that at 14.4% it would be […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review by Wine Mizer Can anyone discuss the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon without mentioning cassis? Well, it’s obviously too late for me to do that, so I’ll put off that description for a moment and instead talk balance. Balance as in a wine of balance; a flying Walenda of balance. This is my second […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Syrah

Being a wine writer (say those two words fast ten times) has its good moments, and I’m grateful when they happen. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to taste product from wineries that are new to me and otherwise might go inexperienced. Some is good. Some goes unmentioned in my blog. And then – not too often – some send me into a state of wonder and joy. Such is what happened recently when I tasted Left Bend’s 2010 inaugural release of their Syrah.

Left Bend Whole Cluster Syrah

My friend Richard and I recently picked up a half ton of beautifully ripe Syrah from Ruben Balderas at Black Ridge Vineyards in Los Gatos. Ruben’s crew met me at the vineyard at 7 AM to harvest the grapes in the cool morning air. Black Ridge sits at an elevation of about 1,000 feet and […]

The Harvest Decision — Is it all about Brix?

Now that we are nearing the end of September, it’s time to start tracking the ripeness of the fruit to decide when to harvest. Earlier in the week I visited Black Ridge Vineyards on Black Road in Los Gatos where I will be buying Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. I also evaluated my backyard vineyard (Monte Roble Vineyard).